Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

MSNBC: Tyler Clementi’s Parents Speak Out

The Clementi’s started a foundation in Tyler’s memory.

Monday, June 18, 2012
NEW JERSEY: Early Release For Dharun Ravi
Joe.My.God. reports: 

Dharun Ravi is expected to granted an early release from jail this week.
Dharun Ravi, 20, will likely be released from the Middlesex County Jail after serving just 20 days of a 30-day sentence, warden Edmond Cicchi said. Ravi used a webcam to stream video of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another man inside their dorm room in September 2010. Days later, Clementi, 18, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. A jury convicted Ravi of all 15 counts he faced, including bias intimidation. He’s being released from prison 10 days early because he began his term with five days of credit for good behavior and five for working.
Ravi’s lawyers have filed a notice of their intent to appeal his conviction.

NEW JERSEY: Early Release For Dharun Ravi

Joe.My.God. reports: 

Dharun Ravi is expected to granted an early release from jail this week.

  • Dharun Ravi, 20, will likely be released from the Middlesex County Jail after serving just 20 days of a 30-day sentence, warden Edmond Cicchi said. Ravi used a webcam to stream video of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another man inside their dorm room in September 2010. Days later, Clementi, 18, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. A jury convicted Ravi of all 15 counts he faced, including bias intimidation. He’s being released from prison 10 days early because he began his term with five days of credit for good behavior and five for working.

Ravi’s lawyers have filed a notice of their intent to appeal his conviction.

Friday, June 1, 2012
Dharun Ravi Apologises, Tyler’s Parents Reject It
Joe.My.God. reports:
Calling it nothing more than a PR stunt, the parents of Tyler Clementi have refused to accept the apology offered Wednesday by Dharun Ravi.

In their first public comments on the sentencing, the Clementis issued a statement in which they rejected Mr. Ravi’s apology as insincere. “As to the so-called ‘apology,’ it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi’s advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology,” they said in a statement. “A sincere apology is personal. Many people convicted of crimes address the victims and their families in court. Mr. Ravi was given that opportunity but chose to say nothing. His press release did not mention Tyler or our family, and it included no words of sincere remorse, compassion or responsibility for the pain he caused.”

Dharun Ravi Apologises, Tyler’s Parents Reject It

Joe.My.God. reports:

Calling it nothing more than a PR stunt, the parents of Tyler Clementi have refused to accept the apology offered Wednesday by Dharun Ravi.
  • In their first public comments on the sentencing, the Clementis issued a statement in which they rejected Mr. Ravi’s apology as insincere. “As to the so-called ‘apology,’ it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi’s advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology,” they said in a statement. “A sincere apology is personal. Many people convicted of crimes address the victims and their families in court. Mr. Ravi was given that opportunity but chose to say nothing. His press release did not mention Tyler or our family, and it included no words of sincere remorse, compassion or responsibility for the pain he caused.”
Monday, May 21, 2012
NEW JERSEY: 30 Days In Jail For Dharun Ravi
Joe.My.God. reports: 

Noting his lack of a prior arrest record and the unlikeness that he will re-offend, today a New Jersey judged sentenced former Rutgers student Drarun Ravi to only 30 days in jail and probation in the case of the suicide of his gay roommate Tyler Clementi. More on the sentencing will follow shortly in this post.UPDATE: The probation period is three years and includes 300 hours of community service. Ravi has also been fined $11,950 which is to be paid in monthly installments. Ravi will not be deported.



10 yrs and deportation seemed excessive — and looked like blame-shifting. 30 days? Far, far too lenient. #DharunRavi
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) May 21, 2012

NEW JERSEY: 30 Days In Jail For Dharun Ravi

Joe.My.God. reports: 

Noting his lack of a prior arrest record and the unlikeness that he will re-offend, today a New Jersey judged sentenced former Rutgers student Drarun Ravi to only 30 days in jail and probation in the case of the suicide of his gay roommate Tyler Clementi. More on the sentencing will follow shortly in this post.

UPDATE: The probation period is three years and includes 300 hours of community service. Ravi has also been fined $11,950 which is to be paid in monthly installments. Ravi will not be deported.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

USA: Tyler Clementi’s Lover Testifies In Ravi Trial

The Advocate reports:

The man captured on a webcam making out with Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who ended his life in September 2010, testified Friday in the trial of Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate.The man was identified only as M.B.; his full name was not allowed to be released, nor was his photograph.M.B. said he met Clementi through a gay social network and that they gathered for three trysts in Clementi’s dorm. During the second assignation, M.B. testified, he noticed a webcam pointed in his direction. He also said he was careful to leave before Ravi, who secretly set up the webcam, returned to the dormitory.Though M.B. said he and Clementi had sex that night, students who testified to watching the video said they only saw the men kissing. When he left the dorm that evening, he said there were about five students watching him as he left. The third time he met with Clementi, he heard disturbing comments made in the dorm courtyard, but he was not allowed to elaborate on what was said. Media reports indicate M.B. appeared to be in his 20s, trim, and neatly put-together, an appearance that contradicted with Ravi’s description of him. Ravi claimed he taped Clementi and M.B. because M.B. appeared “sketchy” and he was worried he might steal his computer.Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including bias intimidation, for secretly taping his roommate and showing the footage to other students. Read more here. 

USA: Tyler Clementi’s Lover Testifies In Ravi Trial

The Advocate reports:

The man captured on a webcam making out with Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who ended his life in September 2010, testified Friday in the trial of Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate.

The man was identified only as M.B.; his full name was not allowed to be released, nor was his photograph.

M.B. said he met Clementi through a gay social network and that they gathered for three trysts in Clementi’s dorm. During the second assignation, M.B. testified, he noticed a webcam pointed in his direction. He also said he was careful to leave before Ravi, who secretly set up the webcam, returned to the dormitory.

Though M.B. said he and Clementi had sex that night, students who testified to watching the video said they only saw the men kissing. When he left the dorm that evening, he said there were about five students watching him as he left. The third time he met with Clementi, he heard disturbing comments made in the dorm courtyard, but he was not allowed to elaborate on what was said. 

Media reports indicate M.B. appeared to be in his 20s, trim, and neatly put-together, an appearance that contradicted with Ravi’s description of him. Ravi claimed he taped Clementi and M.B. because M.B. appeared “sketchy” and he was worried he might steal his computer.

Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including bias intimidation, for secretly taping his roommate and showing the footage to other students. Read more here. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tyler Clementi’s Bully Dharun Ravi’s Trial Update

Queerty reports:

The jury in the Dharun Ravi trial won’t hear details about Tyler Clementi’s request to change dorm rooms shortly before committing suicide in September 2010.As ABC News reports, Clementi’s online housing form listed the reason for the request as “roommate with webcam spying on me/want a single room.”Prosecutor Julie McClure wanted to submit the request into evidence but defense attorneys Steven Altman and Philip Nettl objected, claiming it was hearsay and may have been filed by someone other than Clementi.  Judge Glenn Berman ruled that the part of the statement where Clementi accused his roommate of spying was inadmissable.Ravi  is charged with  invasion of privacy for filming two of Clementi’s gay trysts, as well as bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest.

Tyler Clementi’s Bully Dharun Ravi’s Trial Update

Queerty reports:

The jury in the Dharun Ravi trial won’t hear details about Tyler Clementi’s request to change dorm rooms shortly before committing suicide in September 2010.
As ABC News reports, Clementi’s online housing form listed the reason for the request as “roommate with webcam spying on me/want a single room.”
Prosecutor Julie McClure wanted to submit the request into evidence but defense attorneys Steven Altman and Philip Nettl objected, claiming it was hearsay and may have been filed by someone other than Clementi.  Judge Glenn Berman ruled that the part of the statement where Clementi accused his roommate of spying was inadmissable.
Ravi  is charged with  invasion of privacy for filming two of Clementi’s gay trysts, as well as bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tyler Clamenti’s Parents Speak To Media, Launch Suicide-Prevention Foundation 

Queerty reports:

Even as accused harasser Dahrun Ravi faces a likely court date, the parents of Tyler Clementi are breaking their silence to discuss his death and the creation of a foundation in his name.“It just seems the time has come to address this problem,” Joseph Clementi told ABC News. “We want to help people. We love Tyler very much and we want to help as many people as possible. We were devastated by the loss of our son, and we still are.”Tyler’s mother, Jane, added, “Something good has to come out from such a terrible tragedy.”The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a newly announced not-for-profit group, will promote anti-bullying initiatives and raise awareness and intervention for young people at risk for suicide, especially in the LGBT community. “The nationwide outpouring of compassion following Tyler’s death has been truly humbling and comforting for our family” said Joseph, who is president of the Foundation. “During that time we have become increasingly aware of the difficulties young people face due to their sexual orientation, especially in this digital age. Part of our mission is to raise awareness of cyber-bullying by promoting responsibility in our children’s personal lives and on-line presence. We want them to understand the importance of their words and actions.”In a press release, Clementi also explained that the Foundation will support research into the cause and prevention of teenage suicide. “Our family was devastated by Tyler’s death and we know that thousands of other families have experienced similar situations,” he said. “We want to do our part to help save lives and reduce the anguish of those who are tormented because of the way they look, their sexual orientation, or just for being different.”

Tyler Clamenti’s Parents Speak To Media, Launch Suicide-Prevention Foundation 

Queerty reports:

Even as accused harasser Dahrun Ravi faces a likely court date, the parents of Tyler Clementi are breaking their silence to discuss his death and the creation of a foundation in his name.
“It just seems the time has come to address this problem,” Joseph Clementi told ABC News. “We want to help people. We love Tyler very much and we want to help as many people as possible. We were devastated by the loss of our son, and we still are.”
Tyler’s mother, Jane, added, “Something good has to come out from such a terrible tragedy.”
The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a newly announced not-for-profit group, will promote anti-bullying initiatives and raise awareness and intervention for young people at risk for suicide, especially in the LGBT community. “The nationwide outpouring of compassion following Tyler’s death has been t
ruly humbling and comforting for our family” said Joseph, who is president of the Foundation. “During that time we have become increasingly aware of the difficulties young people face due to their sexual orientation, especially in this digital age. Part of our mission is to raise awareness of cyber-bullying by promoting responsibility in our children’s personal lives and on-line presence. We want them to understand the importance of their words and actions.”
In a press release, Clementi also explained that the Foundation will support research into the cause and prevention of teenage suicide. “Our family was devastated by Tyler’s death and we know that thousands of other families have experienced similar situations,” he said. “We want to do our part to help save lives and reduce the anguish of those who are tormented because of the way they look, their sexual orientation, or just for being different.”

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tyler Clementi Came Out To Parents Three Weeks Before Suicide 

The Advocate reports:

The parents of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers student whose suicide sparked a nationwide dialogue about the effects of antigay bullying, have broken their silence as they launch a foundation in their son’s name.In the current issue ofPeople magazine, Joeseph and Jane Clementi say their son came out to them two days before he left home to begin his freshman year — just three weeks before he ended his life by jumping off the George Washington bridge.“Mom. I’m gay,” Jane Clementi remembers her normally happy-go-lucky son saying, shaking and nearly in tears. “I’m tired of living a lie.”According to the story, Jane and her husband had no inkling that Tyler was gay, and had instead focused their suspicions on their older son James, who only recently came out to them. Nonetheless, the Clementis say they made it clear to Tyler that they loved him and that nothing had changed. “Be careful,” Joeseph says he cautioned his son. “Not everybody is going to be so accepting.”To honor their son’s memory, the family has established the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which will “offer grants to programs that deal with gay teens, suicide prevention, and bullying.”“It wouldn’t be fair to Tyler’s memory to let this slide,” Jane told the magazine. “Something good has to come out of this terrible situation.”The December 19 issue of People is out now. For more on Tyler Clementi, Out.com has an in-depth profile here.

Tyler Clementi Came Out To Parents Three Weeks Before Suicide 

The Advocate reports:

The parents of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers student whose suicide sparked a nationwide dialogue about the effects of antigay bullying, have broken their silence as they launch a foundation in their son’s name.

In the current issue ofPeople magazine, Joeseph and Jane Clementi say their son came out to them two days before he left home to begin his freshman year — just three weeks before he ended his life by jumping off the George Washington bridge.

“Mom. I’m gay,” Jane Clementi remembers her normally happy-go-lucky son saying, shaking and nearly in tears. “I’m tired of living a lie.”

According to the story, Jane and her husband had no inkling that Tyler was gay, and had instead focused their suspicions on their older son James, who only recently came out to them. Nonetheless, the Clementis say they made it clear to Tyler that they loved him and that nothing had changed. “Be careful,” Joeseph says he cautioned his son. “Not everybody is going to be so accepting.”

To honor their son’s memory, the family has established the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which will “offer grants to programs that deal with gay teens, suicide prevention, and bullying.”

“It wouldn’t be fair to Tyler’s memory to let this slide,” Jane told the magazine. “Something good has to come out of this terrible situation.”

The December 19 issue of People is out now. For more on Tyler Clementi, Out.com has an in-depth profile here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
 
Clementi Roommate Says He Was Only Protecting iPad
Picture Caption: From left: Tyler Clementi, Dharun Ravi
The Advocate reports:

A lawyer for Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who is accused of posting a video of roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man, says his client’s intention wasn’t to spy and that the case should be dropped.Ravi, 19, faces 15 charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, in the incident that prosecutors say led to Clementi’s suicide last September 2010.But in newly filed legal papers, Ravi’s attorney says the student turned on the camera only out of concern that Clementi’s guest would steal Ravi’s iPad. Capturing the encounter between the two men was accidental, and Ravi responded by immediately shutting the camera off, according to the papers. The documents add that Ravi has “no problem” with homosexuality.Clementi’s suicide has fueled a national discussion about the dangers of harassment and bullying.Read the full story here.

 

Clementi Roommate Says He Was Only Protecting iPad

Picture Caption: From left: Tyler Clementi, Dharun Ravi

The Advocate reports:

A lawyer for Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who is accused of posting a video of roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man, says his client’s intention wasn’t to spy and that the case should be dropped.

Ravi, 19, faces 15 charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, in the incident that prosecutors say led to Clementi’s suicide last September 2010.

But in newly filed legal papers, Ravi’s attorney says the student turned on the camera only out of concern that Clementi’s guest would steal Ravi’s iPad. Capturing the encounter between the two men was accidental, and Ravi responded by immediately shutting the camera off, according to the papers. The documents add that Ravi has “no problem” with homosexuality.

Clementi’s suicide has fueled a national discussion about the dangers of harassment and bullying.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NEW JERSEY: Roommate Arraigned In Tyler Clementi Suicide Case

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEW JERSEY: Roommate Charged With Hate Crime In Suicide Of Rutgers Student

Joe.My.God. reports:

The roommate of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi (left) was today indicted onhate crime chargesstemming from the secret webcasting of Clementi having sex with another man. Clementi leaped from the George Washington Bridge last year after learning about the broadcast.

Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was indicted on 15 counts including charges of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and tampering with evidence by a grand jury in Middlesex County, N.J. Prosecutors allege that not only did Ravi invade Clementi’s privacy, but he tried to cover it up. Both Ravi and his alleged accomplice, former Rutgers student Molly Wei, are accused of filming Clementi during a “sexual encounter” in his dorm room with a man and then streaming it live on the Internet. Evidence against Wei has not yet been presented to a grand jury. Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 19 of last year, Ravi filmed Clementi with the purpose of intimidating him because of his sexual orientation. Ravi “disclosed a photograph, film, videotape, recording or other reproduction of the image of [Clementi]…whose intimate parts were exposed,” the indictment reads. When Ravi became worried about being charged with a crime, he sent false tweets in an attempt “to mislead a public servant who was engaged in such proceeding or investigation,” the indictment reads.

Clementi’s parents have released a statement applauding today’s charges.

Finally. 

NEW JERSEY: Roommate Charged With Hate Crime In Suicide Of Rutgers Student

Joe.My.God. reports:

The roommate of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi (left) was today indicted onhate crime chargesstemming from the secret webcasting of Clementi having sex with another man. Clementi leaped from the George Washington Bridge last year after learning about the broadcast.

Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was indicted on 15 counts including charges of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and tampering with evidence by a grand jury in Middlesex County, N.J. Prosecutors allege that not only did Ravi invade Clementi’s privacy, but he tried to cover it up. Both Ravi and his alleged accomplice, former Rutgers student Molly Wei, are accused of filming Clementi during a “sexual encounter” in his dorm room with a man and then streaming it live on the Internet. Evidence against Wei has not yet been presented to a grand jury. Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 19 of last year, Ravi filmed Clementi with the purpose of intimidating him because of his sexual orientation. Ravi “disclosed a photograph, film, videotape, recording or other reproduction of the image of [Clementi]…whose intimate parts were exposed,” the indictment reads. When Ravi became worried about being charged with a crime, he sent false tweets in an attempt “to mislead a public servant who was engaged in such proceeding or investigation,” the indictment reads.

Clementi’s parents have released a statement applauding today’s charges.

Finally. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let’s not forget.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dan Savage Fires Back

Lately, as expected, Dan Savage (author & syndicated sex adviser columnist from The Stranger) after launching the "It Gets Better Project" on Youtube, has been receiving hate mail and odd bitchy email—in the torrent of complimentary emails and IGBP submissions—from angry people insisting that telling kids it gets bettersomeday isn’t good enough.

And he (and I) Agreed.

  • "To the angry folks: I admit that IGBP doesn’t do the impossible. It doesn’t solve the problem of anti-gay bullying, everywhere, all at once, forever. The point of the videos is to give despairing kids in impossible situations a little thing calledhope. The point is to let them know that things do get better. For some people things get better once they get out of high school, for others things get better while they’re still in high school. And some kids, like the kid above, are helping to make things better for other kids who are in still high school. But things do get better and kids who are thinking about suicide need to hear that.

  • And to those who insist that all the videos are just oldies speaking from a place of adult privilege: have you watched the videos? There are tons from teenagers, many still in high school, many who are already out of the closet. And there are tons of videos from people who came out while they were still in middle or high school talking about their experiences good and bad and unimaginable.”

  •  

    "Nothing about letting kids know that it gets better excuses or precludes us frompressing for the Student Non-Discrimination Act, demanding anti-bullying programs, confronting the bigots who are making things worse, or supporting the Trevor Project. But we’re not going to get legislation passed this instant or get anti-bullying programs into schools in rural areas—particularly private Christian schools—before classes start tomorrow. Doing all of that is going to take years of hard work and dedicated activism. In the meantime, while we work on all of that, we can get these messages of hope in front of kids who are crisisright now. And we must use the tools we have at our disposal right now—social media and YouTube and digital video—to get these messages of hope to kids who are suffering right now in schools without GSAs and kids who are trapped schools that will never have GSAs and kids whose parents who bully and reject them.

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    There’s nothing about this project—nothing about participating in this project—that prevents people from doing more. Indeed, I would hope that participating in this raises awareness and leaves people feeling obligated to do more.”

Let’s not forget what happened to them.

Here’s what you can do:

Make a donation to The Trevor Project. You can make a donation here. Or you can make a $5 donation right now by texting TREVOR to 85944. And, finally, please consider making a video for the It Gets Better Project.